About Us

Our History

Foundation Seeds’ roots started development in 2011 when one of our founders selected The Wife for use in a CBD cannabis breeding program that resulted the variety Spectrum. These cultivars were selected for use in medical cannabis breeding programs to elevate CBD levels on high THC production cultivars. After seeing the potential for high-CBD and low-THC resin production, Spectrum and The Wife were included in the cannabis genome sequencing project lead by Colorado University in 2014. Results from this project indicated that both cultivars exhibited a high level of homozygosity. Since 2015, Spectrum and The Wife have been cultivated in every hemp growing season under the State Department of Agriculture guidelines across the United States. In 2019, Foundation Seeds formed to provide Spectrum, The Wife, and other CBD-rich progeny to hemp farmers around the globe.

Our Vision

We are a research-driven producer of hemp genetics propelled by proven germplasm and supported by agronomic crop sciences. Foundation Seeds are produced indoors in a climate-controlled and filtered facility to reduce the risk of unwanted cross-pollination associated with field and greenhouse seed breeding. Our combination of proven germplasm and controlled infrastructure allows us to produce batch after batch of proven, predictable, and productive seeds. 

Our Mission

Our top priority is to provide seeds that result in a potent, uniform, and reliable plants with consistent performance traits that allow farmers to plan for their inputs and outputs. All seed batches are third-party tested for feminization and germination rates, and we offer historical CBD and THC maturation curve matrixes and pre-harvest testing recommendations to help farmers plan accordingly for a compliant harvest.

THE CATALYST BC TEAM

IAN MILLER

IAN MILLER

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Miller is a serial entrepreneur whose professional, educational and personal experiences have helped shaped his career and positioned him as a striking leader in the cannabis industry. His journey to and through the cannabis space began with his formal education, having completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design, with a concentration in accounting, and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Building Construction, both from the University of Florida. Ian also co-created the Molecular

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MICHAEL WILLIAMSON

MICHAEL WILLIAMSON

Chief Operating Officer

Michael who currently serves as Director of Cultivation for Pipp Horticulture and Chief Operating Officer for Catalyst BC is a legacy licensed cannabis operator and pioneer in vertical farming. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a focus in Biology and Neurology, Michael worked as a consultant for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals for 8 years coaching and mentoring newly diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis patients. Recognizing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, Michael relocated to Denver, 

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LEIF OLSEN

LEIF OLSEN

Chief Marketing Officer

With over a decade of owner-operator experience working with plant-touching and ancillary businesses in both the public and private sectors, Leif Olsen has become a seasoned and globally sought-after cannabis application & licensing advisor, operations expert, and a seasoned entrepreneur with 18+ years of management leadership focusing on retail, wholesale, service, and manufacturing operations. Leif began his career in the cannabis industry in 2008, when he co-founded, operated, and later sold Kind

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ANDY SCHNACK

ANDY SCHNACK

Operations Advisor

Andy Schnack currently serves as an Operations Advisor and Project Manager for Catalyst-BC. Andy graduated from The University of Alabama in 2009 where he majored in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Crimson Tide Swim team. After graduating from Alabama, Andy attended Valparaiso University School of Law but struggled to treat nerve complications that had developed from a swimming injury. After diligent research and support from his doctor, Andy made the life changing decision to leave Law 

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ERIC FORINGTON

ERIC FORINGTON

Director of Genetics & Breeding

With over 20 years of cultivation experience, Eric Forington brings an immense amount of ingenuity, expertise, and passion to the Catalyst BC team in his role as Director of Genetics & Breeding. Eric has successfully bred cannabis varietals for over a decade, with over half of that time focused on developing genetics for state-licensed medicinal and recreational markets. In 2011, Eric founded 303 Seeds, one of the first legally-licensed seed companies in his home state of Colorado. At 303 Seeds, Eric has focused

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ROY CANTRELL, PH. D.

ROY CANTRELL, PH. D.

Scientific Advisor

With almost four decades of experience as a plant breeder in both the public and private sectors, Roy Cantrell brings immense expertise and sought-after specialty to his role as Scientific Advisor at Catalyst BC. His career began on his family farm in Texas and has taken him around the world. Through international experience, he has gained insight and diversified expertise in plant breeding, international and digital agriculture, environmental science and sustainability. As a published writer, Roy has co-authored 5 book chapters and 77 

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